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Accused in Nqakula murder case to undergo psychiatric evaluation

It was revealed in court today that Higuera suffers from a mental disorder.

Carlos Higuera (C) is accused of killing defence minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula’s son, Chumani Nqakula, in Bezuidenhout Valley. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A man accused of killing the son of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will now be sent to a mental facility for psychiatric evaluation.

Carlos Higuera appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, on Wednesday for allegedly murdering Chumani Nqakula on Saturday.

It was revealed in court today that Higuera suffers from a mental disorder.

After hearing from the defence and Higuera's father, George, Magistrate Albertus Roux agreed that the 24-year-old needs to be admitted to a secure mental institution.

He also ordered that he be kept separate from other prisoners while being observed.

Roux postponed the matter to next Friday, instructing the defence to produce medical documents proving that their client had previously been admitted and treated for mental instability.

This after Higuera's father testified that the murder accused had started behaving abnormally in 2010, after his mother and girlfriend died in the same month.

Higuera was apparently admitted to the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital for three months, and then transferred to the Tara Psychiatric Hospital where doctors diagnosed him with schizophrenia.

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